435th Contingency Response Group works with Romanians



435th Contingency Response Group crew chief helps stack pallets

Senior Airman Mario Ortiz Jr., 435th Contingency Response Group crew chief, helps stack pallets while on location in Constanta, Romania, Jan. 19, 2012. The 435th CRG unloaded more than 100 pallets worth of equipment during their temporary duty assignment.

Twenty-six Airmen from the 435th Contingency Response Group traveled to Romania in partnership with the 21st Theater Sustainment Command to re-deploy the 170th Brigade Combat team's equipment from Afghanistan to their home unit in Baumholder, Germany.

The operation took less than a month with the 435th CRG and the 21st TSC loading more than 2.5 million poundsof equipment onto 42 rail cars and 23 trucks.

Made up of 15 Air Force specialty codes, the contingency response element provided specialized capabilities to safely offload commercial and military aircraft so the TSC was able load the equipment onto rail and road transportation.

There were 25 cargo aircraft of vehicles and equipment returned on a variety of aircraft. The load equated to more than 2,023 car trains.

The operation also validated the Joint Task Force European Port Opening, an acknowledgement that European Command has the capability and resources assigned to its theater that can meet low to medium port opening capabilities before needing to reach out to Transportation Command.

Updated: 2012-02-25 06:32:17
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